Ted Nelson: Zigzag
The Zigzag® Database and Visualization System|
In November 2010 a programming team assembled at Internet Archive in a code sprint to create a prototype of the future of browsing, Ted Nelson's Zigzag.
Edward Betts, Ted Nelson, Marlene Mallicoat, Art Medlar, Andrew Pam, Jeffrey Ventrella
We believe the computer world can be simplified and unified. Today, ordinary people must deal with an appalling variety of programs and mechanisms to maintain their information.
We have discovered a new simplification based on one simple concept: a new, liberated form of data that shows itself in wild new ways.
Conventional data structures-- especially tables and arrays-- are confined structures created from a rigid top-down specification that enforces regularity and rectangularity.
But this structure (our trademark is ZigZag®) is created from individual relations, bottom-up; it can be irregular and unlimited.
Its uses range from database and spreadsheet to unifying the internals of large-scale software.
More at: www.xanadu.com/zigzag